MEDFORD, OREGON — April 13, 2020, The Jackson County Emergency Operations Center (EOC) has announced that it has recently received three major grants totaling $75,000 to continue providing essential services to homeless individuals on the Bear Creek Greenway during the COVID-19 outbreak. The EOC applied for grants from the Oregon Community Foundation, Jackson Care Connect, and AllCare Health and was granted $30,000, $25,000 and $20,000, respectively.
In addition to these most recent grants, the EOC has received multiple grants and donations from local organizations for this program. “Everybody pulled together really quickly and contributed what they could afford,” says Steve Lambert, Operational Group Leader of the Jackson County Emergency Operations Center. “That community-spirited partnership is what really encouraged larger donors to pledge their support. We could not have secured this funding without the support of different municipalities and nonprofits around the county.”
As of today, eleven entities have donated funds to support Greenway food program operations, including the City of Ashland, the City of Central Point, the City of Medford, the City of Talent, Jackson County, Bear Creek Greenway Foundation, Teresa McCormick Center, and United Way of Jackson County as well as the Oregon Community Foundation, Jackson Care Connect, and AllCare Health.
“It is inspiring to see representatives across multiple cities and county departments come together to help our most vulnerable members,” says Colleen Roberts, Chair of the Jackson County Board of Commissioners. “The combined response, during this declared public health crisis, gives an overall message of the caring aspect of our community. Thank you to everyone involved.”
The Greenway food program was formed as a result of recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and local Public Health organizations to have homeless individuals shelter in place to the best of their abilities. “We are helping homeless individuals stay put by bringing services to them on the Greenway,” explains Lambert. These services include daily meals provided by the Jackson County Jail and delivered by Access, EMT and mental health attention three days per week provided by Mercy Flights and Jackson County Health and Human Services respectively, mobile health clinic services offered by La Clinica, and basic sanitation services—including hand washing stations and mobile toilets— and management support from Jackson County Parks.
If you are interested in supporting the efforts of the Greenway food program, Lambert encourages members of the community to donate essential supplies like food preparation gloves, cleaning supplies, and personal hygiene supplies to the donation site at the Expo. If you have questions or need to coordinate a drop off, please contact: Rob Holmbeck, Jackson County Expo, at (458) 225-4202 or HolbeRE@JacksonCounty.org.